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COLLECTIONS:

Haopu Group, Gunagzhou, China.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2018 "Letgo", Still lights gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2017 "Collection", Haopu Art museum, Guangzhou, China

EXHIBITIONS:

2018

“5th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibit”, Healdsburg Center For The Arts, Healdsburg, CA

“FL3TCH3R” Exhibit, ETSU-Central Receiving Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN.

“2018 SFAI MFA Exhibition”, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA.

“Part I, A Voyage to Lilliput ”, Swell gallery, San Francisco, CA.

“This Message has no content”, Embark gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2017

“Sanctuary”, Still lights gallery, San Francisco, CA.

“Working Title”, Real old paper gallery, San Francisco, CA.

“Childhood nostalgia”, Student affair gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2016

“Rosemary's baby”, Still light gallery, San Francisco, CA.

“A Show”, Diego Rivera gallery, San Francisco, CA.

“Borderless”, Swell gallery, San Francisco, CA.

“Digital”, DIS gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015

“ae:static”, Diego Rivera gallery, San Francisco, CA.

“In/tension”, Still Light gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2014

"Storied images:Marcellus Shale" Borland Gallery, Penn State University, State College, PA.

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, State College, PA.

Downsbrough Community Room, Schlow Centre Region Library, State College, PA.

HUB-Robeson Galleries, Art Alley, Borland Gallery, Penn State University, State College, PA.

Student Health Center, Borland Gallery, Penn State University, State College, PA.

2013 Penn State School Of Visual Art Annual Undergraduate Juried Show.

About Tomy Yan

Tomy Chuhe Yan (b.1992 Guangzhou,China) is an artist working in photography, sculpture/installation and social practice. Her work explores memory, identity, symbols, and social issues through the arrangement of found objects. By reconstructing found objects, she reimagines the meaning of these objects and present them in a symbolic and new way. 

She has a MFA degree in studio arts from San Francisco Art Institute, and she received her BFA from The Pennsylvania State University with a double degree in journalism and integrative arts. Her works has been exhibited internationally, including America and China. She currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

ARTIST STATEMENT

A dead object has a life of its own, a life that is somehow dependent on me, and is intimately connected in some secret manner to my own life. By adding the element of “me” doesn’t make the object mine – I’m just a passenger in this process, creating and diminishing.

I’m influenced by the concept of the uncanny, which Sigmund Freud described as “a hidden, familiar thing that has undergone repression and then emerged from it”. My work in sculpture, photography and installation explores memory, identity, symbols, and social issues through the arrangement of found objects.

I believe that people are defined by the objects they possess. These objects are the physical material that remains in the world, and they become a stable piece of evidence of our existence. The previous owners have granted them powers, and when I inherit them I add my own identity and my own story. When rearranging and reconstructing these objects, I am piece all the evidence together to constructing a new narrative.